Francileudo Silva dos Santos, Tunisian striker
Tunisia owes much if its success in reaching the World Cup to Brazilian born, Francileudo Silva dos Santos born in Maranhao, Brazil and given Tunisian citizenship on the eve of the African Cup of Nations in 2004. His 13 goals in 21 matches helped Tunisia win the cup. He played for French club Sochaux before moving to Toulouse.
Anderson Luis de Souza, Portugal midfielder
Portugal has Anderson Luis de Souza aka Deco, playing for Barcelona. The playmaker known as the Magic One is famed for his free kicks and long raking passes. Deco was born in Sao Paulo in 1977, and came to Portugal in 1997, joining Barcelona in 2004 after stints in Benfica and Porto. He has been instrumental in Barca’s recent success winning the 2006 La Liga and the the Champions League trophy over Arsenal.
Frank Rijkaard, Barcelona coach on Deco: “Deco is the barometer of our season, when he is in form the quality of the game rises, when he is not so good the team as a whole performs less well.’
I think the only way that India is ever going to get to the World Cup is to renew its relationship with Portugal through its former colony, Goa that India annexed in 1961. And since Brazil is a former colony of Portugal……. you see where this line of thinking is progressing.